St. Mark's has been able to set an ambitious construction goal thanks in large part to its dedicated community. Several families have already stepped up and made significant contributions to the Athletic Complex Project, inspiring others to follow their lead.
Among these leaders are the families of Alinda H. and James R. Wikert, Lindsey W. and Michael B. Wisenbaker, Jr. ’93, Wesley H. Wisenbaker ’96, Alissa I. and Cody M. Wikert ’05 and Margretta W. and William S. Henderson and Lyda Hill Philanthropies, who together committed $10 million to the project.
Alumnus and trustee Michael Wisenbaker ’93 spoke of his family’s desire to help St. Mark’s recover from the tornado: “There was no question we would support the redevelopment of the facility. Once the more ambitious plan for the athletic center was outlined to the Board of Trustees, we saw what an integrated athletic facility could do for the campus. Our family wanted to contribute early in the process to create momentum for the project and help St. Mark’s recover from the tornado as soon as possible.”
These gifts make possible the Board of Trustees' longstanding policy of breaking ground on a new facility only after all funds have been committed.
"Our family wanted to contribute early in the process to create momentum for the project and help St. Mark’s recover from the tornado as soon as possible."